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Dental Hygiene

University Dental Care

Cosmetic & Family Dentist located in New Brunswick, NJ

Dental hygiene is critical to preventing tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems. At University Dental Care in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Lanny Rubin, DDS, and his team of experienced and gentle hygienists offer customized care to keep your teeth and mouth clean and healthy. The hygenist team takes pride in delivering high-quality health care. If you’re due for a dental hygiene appointment, call University Dental Care or use the online request appointment form to book your professional cleaning today.

Dental Hygiene Q & A

Why is dental hygiene important?

Even if you follow the recommended guidelines for at-home dental care, bacteria, plaque, and tartar can still build up on your teeth and penetrate your gums. Professional dental hygiene clears away the buildup that you can’t remove with brushing at home and is critical to your oral health.

When unmanaged, the bacteria in your mouth multiply. They eat away at your teeth and cause plaque to form. This leads to cavities. 

When unmanaged, the bacteria penetrate below your gum line, causing gum disease and bone loss. Gum disease is a leading cause of lost adult teeth.

Your dental hygienist is also your first-line defense against dental health issues. As they clean your teeth, they can identify warning signs of other problems, such as fractured fillings, swollen or bleeding gums, and of course, tooth decay.

What is included in dental hygiene services?

The talented dental hygiene team at University Dental Care offers customized and patient-focused care. In addition to diagnosing the exact type of dental cleaning needed, they make sure you feel comfortable during every appointment. 

Your hygienist counts and examines your teeth, looking for any potential problems that could influence your cleaning or need the dentist’s attention, such as bleeding gums or failing fillings. They check the space between your gums and teeth for signs of inflammation and infection.

Then, your hygienist carefully scrapes plaque off your teeth. If necessary, they can perform scaling to clean below your gum line. After removing any built-up plaque or tartar, they polish and floss your teeth. 

How often should I have a dental hygiene appointment?

If you have healthy teeth and gums, you should have two dental hygiene appointments each year. If you have any oral health issues, such as gum disease, you might need more frequent appointments to keep your teeth and gums healthy. 

University Dental Care provides personalized recommendations on how often you should have dental hygiene appointments. They can also recommend products and techniques to use at home to clean your teeth more efficiently. 

Call University Dental Care or make an appointment online today if you’re due for a dental hygiene appointment and want expert and compassionate care.